This is the first post in what will be a series on the handling of firearm related charges in Little Rock, Arkansas. We have decided to write on this topic as many defendants do not know how to proceed after having been charged with the possession or use of a gun. It goes without saying that such offenses will often carry stiff penalties. The goal of our coming articles is to provide information which will help people to understand their rights. If you or a loved one have been charged then it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Our lawyers have over twenty-five years of experience in handling such matters and we are ready to assist you.
We will be addressing a number of topics over our coming articles. Issues which we will analyze include:
- Search and seizure issues in firearm related cases
- How the use of a firearm can “elevate” other charges
- How the use of a gun will impact federal cases
These topics touch on common issues which arise. First, police sometimes uncover a firearm by violating a defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. If such a violation is what led to the charges then it may be possible to have the case dismissed. Finally, there are several issues which arise in federal cases. Such issues involve possible charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, how the use of a gun is impacted by the federal sentencing guidelines, etc.
One point we cannot stress enough is that prosecutors will show little to no patience for defendants who used a gun while committing an offense. This is true regardless of whether or not the gun was discharged. If one is convicted then they are likely facing a substantial prison sentence, having a permanent criminal record, disqualification from employment, and several other issues. Our lawyers regularly handle such matters and know what to expect from the process. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation. We also handle matters in Fayetteville, Fort Smith, Springdale, Jonesboro, North Little Rock, Conway, Rogers, Pine Bluff and throughout the rest of the state.